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Having a healthy gut can improve your immune system, help you absorb nutrients optimally and contribute to your overall wellbeing. Eating more fermented foods can aid in a better digestion. So first of all, what are fermented foods?

Fermented foods go through a preservation process where natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food. This creates enzymes and probiotics in the food.

Here are 5 reasons to add fermented foods into your diet.

1) Fermented Foods Help Increase Good Bacteria And Probiotics

Having enough good bacteria in your gut is important for fighting off bad bacteria and prevents diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

2) Fermented Foods Help You Absorb Nutrients Better

Since fermented foods natural contain more digestive enzymes, this can help you absorb more of the vitamins and minerals from your food. This makes sure you maximize the foods you’re eating and decreases your need to supplement.

3) Fermented Foods Can Improve Your Mood

Your brain and gut are strongly linked together. If your gut isn’t functioning optimally, this can affect your mood and emotions. Thus, improving the good bacteria in your gut and having a good digestion can also improve your mood.

4) Fermented Foods Strengthens Your Immune System

Fermented foods support the gut lining and can help make your immune system stronger. This can help you be less susceptible to sickness and diseases.

5) Fermented Foods Can Balance Stomach Acid

Having too little or too much stomach acid can result in issues with your digestion. Fermented foods help balance out the acid in your stomach by increasing production when your acid is low and protecting the stomach and intestinal lining if your acid is too high.

Fermented foods include:

- Kimchi
- Sauerkraut
- Kombucha
- Pickles
- Natto Bean
- Tempeh
- Miso
- Yogurt

If you want more nutrition tips, make sure to reach out to our awesome team of trainers at Crux Fitness!

 

This post is written by personal trainer, Jacquelyn Son. Check her out on Instagram and Youtube.

 

 



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